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Lester W. Schmerr Jr.


Contact Information
Office Phone: 515-294-9746
Home Phone: 515-438-2778
Fax: 515-294-7771
Email: lschmerr@iastate.edu
Department: Aerospace Engr & Engr Mechanics
Title: Associate Director, CNDE
Office Address: 211A ASC II
City/State: Ames, IA 50011-3040
Home Address: 1327 325th
City/State: Woodward, IA 50276

Les Schmerr received a B.S. degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1965 and a Ph.D. in Mechanics from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1970. Since 1970 he has been at Iowa State University where he is currently Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Associate Director of the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation and Program Manager for the NIST program. His research interests include Ultrasonics, Elastic Wave Propagation and Scattering, and Artificial Intelligence. He has organized and taught introductory NDE courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level and has developed a graduate course on the Fundamentals of Ultrasonic Nondestructive Evaluation. He has participated in NDE research programs at the Air Force Materials Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, and General Dynamics, Fort Worth. He is a member of ASNT, AIAA, ASME, and AAAI.